Unlocking the power of content.
We invent technologies that advance industry standards and empower next generation experiences.
For Motion Pictures: Our Cinavia solution was selected as the content protection standard for the Blu-ray Disc format, dramatically reducing piracy and increasing revenue to studios.
For Broadcast Television: Aspect is a key component of the ATSC 3.0 standard, powering next generation TV viewer experiences, and promising new revenue streams for both networks and manufacturers.
For The Future: We are dedicated to the exploration of advanced content technology and the power it will unlock for you.
History & Awards
Verance is Founded
Verance Corporation forms from the merger of two audio watermark technology development companies.
VCMS/A is Standardized
Verance VCMS/A audio watermarking technology is selected as a copyright protection standard for music distribution.
Recording Companies License VCMS/A
Verance VCMS/A licensed to five major recording companies for protection of their recorded music.
VCMS/A in Portable Music Players
First SDMI-compliant portable music player incorporating VCMS/A is offered to consumers.
VCMS/A becomes mandatory for all new DVD-Audio player models.
Digital Audio Awards
Hundreds of high-resolution audio titles have been released to rave audiophile reviews, including the 2005 GRAMMY award winner, Dire Straits’ “Brothers in Arms – 20th Anniversary Edition.
Major Motion Pictures Studios adopt Cinavia to protect their theatrical and home video content.
First Oscar award winning motion picture released for digital cinema embedded with Cinavia.
Cinavia Deployed to Blu-Ray Disc Players
Millions of consumer Blu-ray Disc™ players begin deploying Cinavia.
Cinavia Wins Connect Award
Cinavia wins the Connect Award for Most Innovative Product.
Les Misérables, protected by Cinavia, wins the Oscar for Sound Mixing.
Skyfall, protected by Cinavia, wins the Oscar for Sound Editing.
Cinavia Mandatory for Blu-Ray Disc
Cinavia protection becomes mandatory for all new Blu-ray Disc playback devices.
Gravity, protected by Cinavia, wins the Oscar for Sound Editing.
Cinavia Deployed to Playstation & Xbox
Playstation 4 and XBOX One next generation game consoles begin deployment and include Cinavia protection.
American Sniper, protected by Cinavia, wins the Oscar for Sound Editing.
Whiplash, protected by Cinavia, wins the Oscar for Sound Mixing.
Verance awarded an Emmy for Steganographic Technologies for Audio/Video by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Mad Max: Fury Road, protected by Cinavia, wins the Oscar for Sound Editing.
ATSC announces its selection of technologies from Verance as the basis for its open watermark standards for the ATSC 3.0 broadcasting standard.
Verance demonstrates the first end to end implementation of Open Watermarking at the National Association of Broadcasters tradeshow.
Verance Nominated for First End-to-End HbbTV ADB2 Implementation. Geneva, October 26, 2021 – The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing open standards for advanced interactive TV services through broadcast and broadband networks to connected TV sets and set-top boxes, is proud to announce the shortlists of entries nominated for the HbbTV Awards 2021, showcasing …Read More
Webinar includes updates to HbbTV’s specification for the set-top box markets. Geneva, Switzerland, October 19, 2021 – This webinar goes in depth on how to properly integrate Targeted Advertising (TA) and how to deploy HbbTV’s solution to reaching the large number of viewers in set-top box markets. Our CTO, Joe Winograd, presents on the operational …Read More
Global Advanced Interactive TV Standards Combine Application Discovery Over Broadband with Targeted Advertising Specification Geneva, July 20, 2021 – The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing open standards for advanced interactive TV services through broadcast and broadband networks to connected TV sets and set-top boxes, is pleased to announce the publication of the second …Read More
Webinar includes look at future Targeted Advertising developments including the role of watermarking Geneva, Switzerland, April 28, 2021 – In the second of two webinars jointly organized by the DVB Project and the HbbTV Association on “Using Targeted Advertising on Broadcast Television”, Joe Winograd of Verance explained how watermarking – already added to the DVB …Read More
Recommended Practice for ATSC 3.0 Television Sets, Watermarking and Content Recovery (CTA-CEB32.10) Published
Bulletin documenting ATSC 3.0 Television Set recommendations for audio and video watermark reception and processing as defined in ATSC A/334, A/335 and A/336 released. Arlington, VA, November 18, 2020 – The Consumer Technology Association’s Video Systems Committee (R4) published a bulletin documenting ATSC 3.0 Television Set recommendations for audio and video watermark reception and processing …Read More
Television is undergoing a seismic shift. ATSC 3.0, also known as NextGen TV, advances the current antennae-based system by implementing a new technology which allows for higher resolutions, like 4K, and for richer sound. The cutting-edge tech also provides the consumer with a more interactive experience, such as allowing addressable television for over-the-air signals. But …Read More
Verance Develops Solution to Prevent Emerging Issues With Netflix & Other Streaming Services, Avoiding Unforeseen Challenges of Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) Technology
Technology comes amid Industry Fears that Nielsen’s Fingerprint-based Dynamic Advertising Insertion Technology, Debuting in New TVs this Quarter, will Insert Ads or Measure Content on Netflix, Hulu & Others without Permission Verance Solution Offers Path Forward for Rapidly Advancing ACR Technology, Verance CEO Nil Shah Tells NATPE Online Forum Today San Diego, CA, October 22, …Read More
Webinar takes a detailed look at ADB2 from the perspective of all ecosystem members Geneva, Switzerland, October 21, 2020 – As noted within the HbbTV event listing, the webinar focuses on the HbbTV specification for phase 2 of application discovery over broadband (ADB2). The feature enables viewers to access HbbTV services even when they are …Read More
Telos Alliance and Verance Announce Aspect Watermarking Support for Linear Acoustic LA-5300 Broadcast Audio Processor
Watermark brings interactive experiences such as addressable advertising and sports gaming to smart TVs Cleveland, OH and San Diego, CA, May, 11 2020 – The Telos Alliance®, global leader in broadcast audio and Verance®, a leading global provider of standards-based watermarking solutions, today announced the availability of Aspect™ watermarking in the Linear Acoustic LA-5300 Broadcast …Read More
Watermarking can help TV programmers know their viewers better. Nil Shah, VeranceRead More
Builds on the Aspect Audio Watermark With New Capabilities for Dynamic Ad Insertion and Consumer Interactivity San Diego, CA, January 2, 2020 – Verance®, a global provider of standards-based watermarking solutions, today announced the availability of video watermark technology as part of its Aspect™ platform. The Aspect video watermark provides a high-performance, commercial implementation of …Read More
Extreme Reach and Verance Partner to Provide New, Enhanced Insights and Reporting as Addressable TV Scales
San Diego, CA and New York, NY, November 5, 2019 — Verance® and Extreme Reach (ER) today announced plans to jointly bring new, household-level addressable and cross-platform reporting capabilities to market. The partnership combines the power of Verance’s open standard Aspect™ watermarking technology with ER’s AdBridge™, the complete asset management platform for TV and Video …Read More
Recent California Wildfires and Chaotic Power Outages Reinforce Need for Programmers to Deliver Enhanced Emergency Messages to the Greatest Number of At-Risk Households San Diego, CA, October 24, 2019 – Verance®, an award-winning provider of open standard watermarking, today announced it is furthering its commitment to advanced emergency alerting as one of the newest members …Read More
Verance Brings Watermarking To HbbTV, Significantly Expanding The Reach of Hybrid TV Services In Markets Worldwide
San Diego, CA, October 1, 2019 – Verance®, an award-winning provider of standards-based watermarking, today announced plans to bring its Aspect™ watermarking technology to Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV), providing a solution that will significantly expand the reach of interactive television services in markets worldwide. Aspect uses Verance’s high-performance implementation of the standards-based watermarking …Read More
San Diego, CA, August 7, 2019 – Verance Corporation, an Emmy Award-winning and leading provider of standards-based watermarking, today announced plans to add support for Project OAR (“Open Addressable Ready”) to its Aspect platform. Project OAR is a multi-industry consortium that was created to establish open standards to deliver better advertising experiences to viewers through the …Read More
Verance, Capitol Broadcasting, Digital Alert Systems & Triveni Digital Successfully Complete First Transmission Of Next Gen TV Advanced Emergency Information Across All Distribution Paths
Partnership Validates Ability of AEA to Save More Lives by Seamlessly Delivering Enhanced Messages to 100% of Smart Televisions San Diego, CA and Raleigh, N.C., May 27, 2019 – Capitol Broadcasting’s WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., Digital Alert Systems, Triveni Digital and Verance today announced the successful completion of an end-to-end broadcaster to receiver test using …Read More
Growth in Broadcaster Adoption of the Verance Aspect Watermark Is Fueled by Its Ability to Deliver Household-Level Addressability & Interactivity to 100% of Televisions San Diego, CA, April 17, 2019 – Verance Corporation today announced significant growth in deployment of the Verance® Aspect™ watermark by leading broadcasters across the country. Building on an extensive list of …Read More
Verance, Dolby & San Diego’s KPBS Successfully Complete First Test of Personalized Audio for Next Gen TV
The Verance Aspect Watermark and Dolby AC-4 Deliver Leading ATSC 3.0 Consumer Experiences in a Live Linear Broadcast Over Cable & Satellite San Diego, CA, April 4, 2019 – Verance Corporation and Dolby today announced they successfully completed a test of internet-delivered dialogue enhancement, one of several compelling Next Gen TV Personalized Audio experiences for San …Read More
Nil ShahChief Executive Officer
Mr. Nil Shah joined Verance Corporation as Chief Executive Officer in January 2006. Prior to joining Verance, Mr. Shah held senior executive positions in the media industry with a record of building successful companies. His executive experience has included CEO of [x+1], Inc. (formerly Poindexter Systems), a marketing software and services company focused on online advertisers as well as CEO of Interelate, Inc., an analytic customer relationship management solutions company which provided hosted CRM solutions to Fortune 1000 clients. Mr. Shah was also an executive with Trans National Group, an international marketing services firm serving the telecommunications, financial services and travel industries, where he focused on essential business issues of customer acquisition, retention and cross-sell. Prior to Trans National, Mr. Shah worked on the fixed income derivatives trading desk at Salomon Brothers. Mr. Shah holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Physics from Yale University.
Joe WinogradExecutive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Joe Winograd is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Verance Corporation and has directed the company’s development of watermark technologies and solutions since 1995. Dr. Winograd led Verance’s efforts to establish the company’s technology as the industry standard for movies, television, and music and has guided its deployment in hundreds of millions of consumer electronics and entertainment products. He represents the company in multiple standards bodies and industry consortia and has been a featured presenter at numerous industry events. Prior to joining Verance, Dr. Winograd was engaged in research and development in the areas of digital signal processing and technical computing and contributed to products from MathWorks and Wolfram Research. Dr. Winograd holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University and B.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dean AngelicoExecutive Vice President, Operations
Mr. Dean Angelico joined Verance in 2000 and is responsible for the development and delivery of all Verance products and services. He leads Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Quality Assurance, Product Management, Technical Services, and Network Operations. Prior to Verance, he served as Senior Manager of Product Development for Siemens-Opuswave (formerly Omnipoint), where he delivered the industry’s first interworking gateway between GSM cellular and Voice over IP (VoIP) systems. Prior to Omnipoint, Mr. Angelico served as VP of Engineering for Tetherless Access, where he developed and deployed wireless Internet access products for use in the unlicensed frequency bands. He also spent 8 years developing CAD and networking software for such companies as Sun Microsystems, Xerox PARC and Vantage. Mr. Angelico began his career developing telecom systems for Bell Labs. He holds an MS in Computer Engineering from Stanford University and a BA in Mathematics from McGill University.
Mario PetroccoSenior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Mario Petrocco joined Verance Corporation in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for the company’s finance, licensing, and human resources groups. Prior to Verance, Mr. Petrocco served as Vice President/Treasury & Tax for two years at the Gymboree Corporation. Mr. Petrocco spent 8 years in various treasury positions with Chela Financial, Inc., a leader in the secondary market for student loans, and Chemoil Group of Companies, the largest independent marine fuel distributor in the United States. Mr. Petrocco was a co-founder and principal of Ceres Capital, Inc., which provided consulting, and investment banking services to middle market companies, including manufacturers, chemical processors, and broadcasters. Mr. Petrocco also worked for Petro-Lewis Corporation where he served in a range of staff functions. Mr. Petrocco holds an MBA in Finance and a BA in Economics from the University of Denver.
Jason PattonSenior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Mr. Jason Patton joined Verance Corporation in 2017 as SVP, Sales & Marketing. He has extensive executive experience developing and driving business efforts for innovative digital technologies in both the U.S and abroad. Prior to joining Verance, Jason was VP/GM at Immersion, a Silicon Valley-based company focused on interactive advertising and games powered by haptic technology. For nearly a decade, he managed business development at In Demand based in New York City, serving most recently as SVP, Business Development. He was responsible for launching In Demand’s interactive two-way on demand offering across the United States. Prior to joining In Demand, Jason worked at AT&T’s corporate office in both Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions. Jason holds both a BS in Broadcast Journalism and a BSBA degree in Finance from Boston University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
A Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame honoree and prominent industry executive, Ms. McDermott has led broadcasting organizations since 1996 when she became EVP-Operations for Young Broadcasting. During her tenure at Young, she was a member of the Board of Directors and ultimately became President and CEO of the company. Following the Young Broadcasting & Media General merger, Ms. McDermott became the COO of Media General. After Media General was acquired by Nexstar in 2017, Ms. McDermott led a group of seasoned media executives in creating McDermott Media Group, a broadcast and digital media consulting firm. Verance is one of McDermott Media Group’s key clients. Ms. McDermott has served as Chair of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), Chair of the ABC Affiliate Board of Governors, and has been a member of the Boards of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB). Ms. McDermott is a graduate of South Dakota State University.
Award-Winning Careers at Verance
Unlocking the power of content requires the power of talented people. Our technology has won an Emmy award and movies using our solutions have won Oscars. And our talented people tend to stick around with an average tenure of over 8 years.
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